Thursday, June 12, 2014

Trip to Greece - Santorini island

Blue domed church in  Oia, Santorini

I was mesmerized by the beauty of the blue domed church when I first laid my eyes on it. I did not know it was on the island of Santorini in Greece at that time. Over the years, I encountered more and more pictures of Santorini island and I just fell in love with the island. I placed it on my wish list of places to visit one day.

Sunset in  Oia, Santorini

We saw this island gem recently with our own eyes. Santorini island did not disappoint. Even though our stay was short, we were able to drink in her beauty and were spellbound by her famous sunsets on both sunny and cloudy Mediterranean days.

Fresh catch from the waters in Santorini island

Archaeological site in Santorini island

We ate of the fruits of her sea, breathed in her pristine air, hiked in her mountains, marveled at her secrets being unearthed in the archaeological sites and delighted in exploring her narrow winding streets amidst the cave houses and shops huddling close to the cliffs. Alas we did not get to dip our toes into her waters.

View along the hike from Oia to Fira in Santorini.

View along the hike from Oia to Fira in Santorini.

Santorini's hospitality was at its shining best. A young man went out of his way to show us the bus terminal in Fira. We were even guided by a canine resident when we hiked from Oia to Fira in Santorini.

Though there are other islands in Greece which we have yet to explore, we would like to return to Santorini again one day.  

Lonely Planet is in agreement too. It has just designated Greece as the top European destination to visit in 2014. Santorini island is a reflection of that crowning glory.

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